Tokyo in May : Best Things to Do 2020

What to Do in Tokyo in May

Planning to visit Tokyo this May?? If yes, you should definitely check out our list of the latest travel info and best things to do in the city in 2020 May! Various special events are held this month including traditional Japanese festival, beautiful spring flowers and Golden Week events! Let’s plan a perfect trip in Tokyo with our 2020 May To-Do list!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Some of listed places/events in Tokyo in May 2020 are closed or cancelled due to coronavirus


1. Golden Week

from late April to early May is “Golden Week” in Japan, which is a long holiday period formed with multiple public holidays. The great thing about the Golden Week is that there will be a plenty of special events in town which you may be entertained. The downside of it is that it’ll be very crowded everywhere. If you are travelling during the Golden Week period, put that in your mind 🙂

Check out the best Golden Week events in Tokyo:

2. Sanja Matsuri <<postponed>>

Tokyo’s most energetic, loudest and wildest festival, Sanja Matsuri (三社祭) is back. The festival is held at Asakusa Shrine near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa area for 3 days usually on the third weekend in May, and invite about 2 millions viewers. The festival features a number of portable shrine (Mikoshi) carried through the streets of Asakusa neighbourhood with the lively and energetic atmosphere.

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3. Kanda Matsuri

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Kanda Matsuri or Kanda Festival (神田祭) is one of the three great Shinto festivals of Tokyo, along with the Fukagawa Matsuri and Sanno Matsuri. It originally started in 17th century. The festival is held mid May every two years (in odd-number years), which means the festival is on this year. The festival takes place at Kanda Shrine and surrounding neighbourhood in Tokyo (around Akihabara and Tokyo Station), and about 200 mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried through in addition to musicians, dancers, and floats. Kanda Matsuri is held over a week, but the main event usually happens on weekend near 15 May.

*Note: The main festival of Kanda Matsuri won’t be held in 2020, however, the small festival will be held for a couple of days around mid May.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YSW69ZkUA2E2
Date: mid May

4. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival <<cancelled>>

Various flowers flourish in town during spring, and after cherry blossoms, it’s time for wisteria. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival (亀戸天神社 藤まつり) is a popular flower festival held annually in Koto Ward, Tokyo. Over 100 wisteria flower bloom beautifully at the historical shrine site from late April to early May along with festival food stalls and special events.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6XG9GrqPdZE2
Date: 18 April to 6 May 2020
Entrance: Free

More info:

5. Carp Streamer Tokyo Tower

Carp streamer (Koinobori) is a traditional item to celebrate Children’s Day (5th May) in Japan, and streamers are displayed at many location during Golden Week season. At the base of Tokyo Tower, 333 colourful carp streamers are displayed from late March to 6 May. Night light-up of the streams is also available from 17:00~23:00.

Discount tickets: 6% OFF Tokyo Tower Ticket — Main Observatory Deck E-Tickets

Map: http://bit.ly/2EZcGmm
Date: 27 March to 6 May 2020

6. Thai Festival <<postponed>>

The Thai Festival is one of the biggest international festivals in Japan, which is held at Yoyogi Park annually. The festival features about 100 booths selling delicious Thai food, drinks and Thai crafts as well as live performances on the stage.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZTzTAs2urML2
Date: 5 & 9 May 2020

7. Vietnam Festival 2020 <<postponed>>

Various international festivals are held at Yoyogi Park through spring and summer, and Vietnam Festival is one of the events people most anticipate. The Vietnam Festival features traditional Vietnamese folk art, special performances by Vietnamese musicians, and of course delicious Vietnamese food.

Map: http://bit.ly/2Ue2YBh
Access: 10 mins walk from Harajuku Station or Yoyogi Koen Station
Date: 16-17 June 2020
Hours: 10:00~20:00

More similar events are held at Yoyogi Park during May. Check the below link for more information about Yoyogi Park’s event schedule for 2020!

8. Niku Fes 2020 <<cancelled>>

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One of the largest food festivals in Tokyo, the Meat Festival (Niku Fes) 2020 will be held during the Golden Week period at Komazawa Olympic Park in Tokyo. The “borderless” food event features various meat dishes from different countries and genres. From premium Wagyu beef to plant-based meat substitutes, you can enjoy a variety of unique and delicious meat dishes at the venue.

Map: http://bit.ly/37ffFlF
Access: 10 mins walk from Komazawa Daigaku Station
Date: 1 to 6 May 2020
Hours: 10:00~21:00 (till 20:00 on the last day)

9. Fireworks Festivals

Numbers of fireworks festivals are held in Tokyo during summer (from July to August) every year, however, due to 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, many fireworks festivals are rescheduled to be held in May to June this year.

Here are some of the most spectacular fireworks festivals held in May 2020:

-Ichikawa Shimin Fireworks Festival <<postponed>>

Date: 23 May 2020 (19:15~20:30)
Location : Edogawa River bank, 15 mins walk from Ichikawa Station
Number of Fireworks : approx. 14,000
Map: https://goo.gl/Z0Jl8n

*Postpone to next day in case of stormy weather

-Edogawa Fireworks Festival <<postponed>>

Date: 23 May 2020 (19:15 ~20:30)
Location : Edogawa River bank (Shinozaki Park), 15 mins walk from Shinozaki Station
Number of Fireworks : approx. 14,000
Map: https://goo.gl/RkZaeS

*Postpone to next day in case of stormy weather

-Itabashi Fireworks Festival <<cancelled>>

Date: 23 May 2020 (19:00 ~20:30)
Location : Arakawa River bank, 20 mins walk from Nishidai Station
Number of Fireworks : approx. 12,000
Map: https://goo.gl/o5qhJR

*Postpone to next day in case of stormy weather

-Adachi Fireworks Festival <<cancelled>>

Date: 30 May 2020 (19:30~20:30)
Location : Arakawa River banks, 15 mins walk from Kitasenju Station
Number of Fireworks : approx. 13,500
Map: https://goo.gl/qk9VLN

*Cancelled in case of stormy weather

10. Spring Flower Events

-Nemophila Harmony <<Closed>>

You may have missed cherry blossoms in Tokyo if you are travelling in May, but you’ll still get a chance to see stunning flowers. The Nemophila Harmony at Hitachi Seaside Park is one of the most popular flower events in Japan in Spring, which can be accessed from Tokyo for a day-trip. The best viewing time of Nemophila flowers is usually late April to early May.

Book a tour: See Spring Flowers at Ashikaga and Hitachi Parks from Tokyo!

More info:

-The Great Wisteria Festival <<Closed>>

Another great side trip destination from Tokyo in May is Great Wisteria Festival at Ashikaga Flower Park. The park is picked as one of the top 10 international dream destinations by CNN in past. Various kinds of colourful wisteria flowers are displayed at the park including the 150 year-old Great Wisteria. The best viewing time is usually from mid April to mid May.

Book a tour: Experience the Tunnel of Flowers at Ashikaga Flower Park

More info:

11. Cycling Tour

Spring is the best season to spend time outdoor in Japan, and cycling is one of the best activities in the city. Various sightseeing cycling tours are available in Tokyo today which you can see the best highlights and explore the city in depth in one day while exercising!

Tokyo Historical Bike Tour by Magical Trip is a popular cycling day tour around south of Tokyo (Ryogoku, Tsukiji, Imperial Palace, etc) through 24km with a local guide. You can check more details about the tour via the attached link below and booking with discount is also available!


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